Single Source Procurement: Healthy Neighborhoods

Pursuant to New York State Finance Law § 163.10(b), The New York State Department of Health is presenting the following summary of relevant circumstances, and material and substantial reasons why a competitive procurement was not feasible. The New York State Department of Health Healthy Neighborhoods Program has made a determination to issue a Single Source Procurement to 19 eligible grantees to support ongoing currently funded projects.

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) is designed to provide preventive environmental health services to targeted geographic areas. These areas sometimes include environmental justice communities and are usually home to at-risk populations including low-income and often minority families, living in homes and neighborhoods with a disproportionate number of residential hazards. Grants are provided to local health departments to address significant public health issues in targeted areas to provide a healthier home environment for the citizens of New York State. The program emphasizes reducing residential injuries, childhood lead poisoning, hospitalizations due to asthma, and exposure to indoor air pollutants. The HNP was originally a primary prevention program that began in New York State in 1985. Since its inception, the program has evolved from a housing sanitation, injury prevention, rodent control, and building code violation program to a healthy home assessment program.

The HNP model revolves around a door-to-door approach and a residential home environmental assessment. By implementing a door-to-door approach in selected target areas, many homes can be reached for identification of existing and potential environmental health problems with a minimal expenditure of resources. During the home assessments, potential health hazards are identified and recorded. Where asthmatic residents are identified, a more detailed asthma trigger assessment is performed. If environmental health hazards are identified, intervention products and educational materials are provided, and appropriate referrals are made to other agencies or community groups.

The Department of Health requested a 12-month extension on 19 existing contracts with local health departments for the Healthy Neighborhoods Program. A competitive procurement was issued in September 2018, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Request for Applications was withdrawn and will be revised and reissued. Due to the length of time required for a procurement and the desire to not suspend this important community intervention program, a one-year extension is the preferred course of action.

Procurement / Program Name Healthy Neighborhoods
Contractor Name(s) Multiple Contracts - See attached List
Contract Period 4/01/2019 – 3/31/2020
Contract Number(s) Various Contracts - See attached List